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Ultra Crisp Gingerbread Cookies 🎄 gluten free & keto

Ultra crisp, beautifully spiced, and ideal to dunk in milk! Not much is lost (if at all!) in these ultra special gluten free and keto gingerbread cookies!

Gluten free & keto gingerbread cookies with milk
Gluten Free & Keto Gingerbread Cookies

Gluten Free & Keto Gingerbread Cookies

A True Holiday Special!

Just like our snickerdoodle cookies, these gingerbread cookies translate outstandingly well into their gluten free and low carb counterparts. 

Making them some truly special cookies to indulge in over the holidays and Christmas! 

Plus: 1g net carbs a pop. Doesn’t get much better than that!

Cutting out mini keto gingerbread cookies
Gluten Free & Keto Gingerbread Cookies

The Gingerbread Spices

Gingerbread spices can vary a bit from recipe to recipe (and you can adjust a bit to taste!). These guys are dominantly ginger and cinnamon, with highlights of cloves and nutmeg (freshly ground preferably) and a touch of freshly ground black pepper to round everything up.

Ultra Crisp

These gingerbread cookies are truly nice and crisp! Just be sure to not leave the dough too thick, and bake until fully golden.

Having said that, if you’re on the other band and prefer your gingerbread cookies soft, simply make them thicker and bake until just set. You’ll get a nice crisp edge with a soft center.

Whatever you decide, keep in mind that sugar alcohols take a while to crisp up (so give your cookies a few hours!).

Also, if they didn’t get quite so snappy on the first round, feel free to allow them to cool down and pop them back in the oven for 5 mins. Think Italian biscotti!

Low carb & keto gingerbread men cutouts
Gluten Free & Keto Gingerbread Cookies

The Deets

The one indispensable thing, is that the dough be thoroughly chilled before baking. Why? The butter in the dough has to have solidified once again before you can roll it out and cut it up. That way, it won’t stick and the shapes will come just right. Plus, you want to give the spices time to permeate through the dough in order to get super nice and fragrant cookies.

So, if possible, allow the dough to rest in the fridge overnight. Though 3 hours would do as well if in a pickle.

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Gluten Free & Keto Gingerbread Cookies
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Gluten Free & Keto Gingerbread Cookies 🍪 #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies

The Flours

Gingerbread cookies are traditionally a wheat cookie. To make them gluten free and keto, I found that super fine almond flour did a killer job (solo!). Add a touch of xanthan gum, and we’re golden.

In terms of brands, for the almond either Anthony’s or WellBees work great. Both are super fine grinds.

Note also that I add a bit more baking soda than is customary (1/2 teaspoon rather than 1/4 or even nil). Reason being, that the slight bigger rise helps aerate the almond flour and get a better texture.

The Sweetener

This recipe works best with erythritol, without a doubt. Not only is it roughly 1-to-1 in sweetness to sugar (and the volume is important here), but it lends a very similar crunch and chew. No other sweetener does that.

Also note that adding a teaspoon or two of blackstrap molasses adds a tonne of umami and improves browning.

Keep in mind that blackstrap molasses is considered a low glycemic sugar. One teaspoon (7g) adds 5g net carbs, so just 0.2g net carbs a cookie (i.e. 1/4th the sugar of a strawberry!). But carbs aside, it’s also known to be a nutritional powerhouse rich in vital vitamins and minerals; such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium.

Fun fact: Molasses contain high amounts of chromium, which has been studied to increase glucose tolerance levels.

But if it’s still not your thing, just do a brown sugar sub (such as Lakanto Golden!)! 

Freshly baked gluten free & keto gingerbread cookies
Gluten Free & Keto Gingerbread Cookies
Decorated keto gingerbread men with icing and a glass of milk
Gluten Free & Keto Gingerbread Cookies
Dunking a keto gingerbread man in milk
Gluten Free & Keto Gingerbread Cookies

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Gluten Free & Keto Gingerbread Cookies

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: gluten free, grain free, keto, low carb
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 73 kcal

Ultra crisp, beautifully spiced, and ideal to dunk in milk! Not much is lost (if at all!) in these ultra special gluten free and keto gingerbread cookies!

Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Cups for an instant conversion.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add almond flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda, and spices to a medium bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined and set aside.

  2. Cream butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer, 1-2 minutes. Add in sweetener and molasses (optional), and continue to cream until light and fluffy (8-10 minutes). 

  3. Add in egg, mixing until just incorporated. The mixture will appear slightly 'broken' (i.e. not thoroughly smooth). 

  4. With your mixer on low, add in half of your flour mixture- mixing until just incorporated. Mix in the rest. Wrap cookie dough with cling film (saran wrap) and refrigerate overnight (much preferred). But if in a pickle, 3 hours will do.

  5. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper or a baking mat.

  6. Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper and cutout the shapes. Note that the thickness will determine much of the texture: thinner cookies will be much crispier, while a thick dough (particularly if under-baked) will yield a softer one. Place shaped cookies on the prepared baking tray and place in the freezer for 10 minutes prior to baking.

  7. Bake for 10-20 minutes, until fully golden. Note that I found baking time varies a lot here, depending on thickness and size of the cookies. So just keep an eye out for them, and note that if you like them crisp you'll want to push the baking time as much as possible (until deep golden). 

  8. Allow to cool for ten minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely, as they'll continue to crunch up (can take a few hours). Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 

  9. Note that these keto gingerbread cookies are even better the next day, after the spices have had some time to mingle. And also (for some inexplicable reason), the sweetness also intensifies the day after. 

Recipe Notes

*If you prefer your cookies on the sweeter side (and not doing any icing), feel free to up the sweetener to 1/2-2/3 cup. And Please see section on Sweeteners for deets and possible substitution. 

The shaped dough can be frozen for up to 3 months, and they can be baked straight from the freezer (adding 2-3 minutes more to the baking time).

Please note that nutrition facts were estimated with the touch of molasses.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free & Keto Gingerbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 gingerbread man (or lady!))
Calories 73 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 97mg 4%
Potassium 6.7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 0.5g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 2.3%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 2.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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74 comments

  1. Linda says:

    Paola,

    Just following up to say that I’ve made these to use in myketo Carr’s lemon creme cookies and they worked out perfectly. I used your and Stella Park’s recipes to create the cookie and the filling and I’m so pleased with the results.

    I just want to tell you how grateful I am to you for your recipes and insight. I have recreated all of my family’s traditional recipes into keto versions by using your guidance. I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a very happy and healthy new year.

    Regards,
    Linda

  2. sweetsmile04 says:

    Made these Ketchup gingerbread cookies for Christmas and they’re soo delicious and I just could not stop eating them!

  3. Kathy says:

    The cookies are AMAZING!! Thanks for bringing the joy of the season back to my keto life😊 will make them year round👏🏽

  4. Stephanie says:

    Just wondering how long you think the dough will stay good in the fridge for. We let it firm up overnight and now we’re on day 5…😳😞.

    • Paola says:

      3-5 days… its happened to be before too. My suggestion is that you bake a couple and see whats up (you’ll immediately tell if they’re still good or not!)

  5. Patti says:

    Hi.
    I only have regular molasses, not backstrap, what is the difference and can I use what I have?
    Thanks, can’t wait to make these!!

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